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this morning on "early today" taking heat. the death toll rises as an oppressive dome of heat grips more than half the nation. end of an era. the space shuttle atlantis prepares for its historic final journey home. a dramatic video shows car being lifted by flash flood waters in canada. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a summer scorcher. across the nation over 100
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million americans are under a heat alert in what's being called a heat dome, which has brought triple digit temperatures to many areas. warnings have been issued across the eastern half of the country from kansas to massachusetts. the national weather service says about two dozen deaths in recent days are potentially heat-related. extraordinary temperatures are expected in the east through the weekend with cooler weather by then for the midwest. of course, nbc meteorologist bill karins will have much more on the heat wave in a few minutes. first, today the three decade old space shuttle program will come to a close with the landing of the space shuttle atlantis. atlantis is slated touch down at kennedy space center at 5:56 a.m. eastern time, and so far the weather looks good, but if the shuttle misses that first window, a second landing opportunity would be at 7:32 in the morning. ahead of the return, the atlantis crew awoke today to the song "god bless america" and now
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as the shuttle program retires, the second great space race begins. atlantis's astronauts left a flag on the international space station that flew on the first space shuttle launch in 1981. a private company says it plans to retrieve that flag in just three years. now to the deadline over the nation's dead ceiling. yesterday president obama held more meetings on the issue as the push intensified for lawmakers to come up with a deal before it's too late. for more now we go to nbc's brian moar in washington for us. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. one thing president obama said he would not do is sign a short-term deal, but now the white house is signalling that he may do just that because time is running out. congress has to haerm out some kind of plan before that august 2nd deadline, but getting a deal done, written up, and voted on is going to take some time, so president obama is now saying that he will basically sign off
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on something that could delay a debt ceiling raising for a couple of days, but not much more than that. the so-called gang of six, the bipartisan group of senators that's working feverishly to get ae plan together and to get people on board, it looks like right now they're headed in the right direction towards a big plan, exactly what the president wanted. lynn. >> brian mooar there for us in washington. now here's a look at other stories making news. a police chase in arizona ended with two suspects receiving quite a jolt. the brother and sister duo suffered the shocking reprecussions after refusing commands to surrender following a 30-mile pursuit. mri police tasered both and arrested them both further incident. texas police are working around the clock to catch an armed bank robber dubbed the handsome guy bandit. he has robbed six banks wearing
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a life-like facial mask. they still have not been able to identify him. just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water for one florida family it was anything but. a four foot gator got in a few laps before an animal control officer showed township remove him from the animal pool. he came from a canal located across the street. finally, in minnesota soaring temperatures have created a new way to cook up some treats. look at that. a minneapolis news producer transformed one car into an oven on wheels making the interior hot enough to bake a batch of cookies and to provide a sugar fix in the sweltering heat. looks delicious. now for a look at your sweltering national and regional forecast. here's nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning to you, bill. >> i like my food a little raw, anyways. >> it got to about 140 degrees,
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enough to bring us some tasty treats. >> thankfully for minneapolis, cookies won't be baking today as bad as yesterday. you're one of the few spots in the country that will get a little bit of relief. everybody else, though, on the eastern half of the nation, down to the deep south and midwest and the ohio valley, tennessee valley, this is it. this is pretty much going to be the peak of the heat wave for many areas out there. we'll get subtle relief in a few areas in the weekend. this is where the heat dome is currently. we have warnings that go from tulsa to kansas city, chicago, st. louis, indianapolis, all of the state of ohio, and in the busy i-95 corridor from richmond through d.c., baltimore, philly, and new york. it's a large area. a lot of metropolitan areas under excessive heat warnings, and that means take it seriously. you don't want to have any problems. look at this morning. it's 83 when you walk out the door in chicago. the humidity levels are getting way up there now in the east. 76, dewpoint is d.c. that's one of the highest in the entire country.
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that's why it's so oppressive this morning and the heat warnings are in effect. all the humidity in the middle of the country has made its way to the east coast. as far as the heat index goes, as you head outside this morning, it still feels like 90 degrees in d.c. if it feels like 90 now, when we add the sunshine all day long, it will probably feel like 115, possibly as high as 120 later today in a few areas. this forecast high 101 in dallas, 100 in kansas city, 99 in new york. the only relief up here in the northern plains. that's a look at your national forecast. now the weather outside your window. in chicago we may get a slight chance of a storm late in the day, but that will be after we hit 96. the heat wave continues for you. philadelphia, we could be near 100. memphis, easily near 100. oklahoma city, 103. it's getting old. yeah, this incredible heat wave, it will break a little bit, especially next week for many. >> that will be welcomed. bill, thanks so were. well, wall street worries,
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an airline goz a shopping spree, and the end of a long, successful partnership. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, speaking of business, jennifer lopez takes care of hers as a wedding singer. coming up, a pair of black eyes for the white sox, the mets end their run, and quite possibly the worst first pitch ever. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. five democratic congress women are calling on republican congressman alan west to apologize for an e-mail tyrade against a fellow florida lawmaker. west called democrat debbie wasserman-schultz despicable and cowardly after she criticized his stance on medicare. sdmrimplts texas has executed a man convicted of killing two men and wounding a third as part of
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a shooting spree he said was meant to target muslims in the wake of 9/11. mark stroman died by lethal injection. georgia delayed the killing of a convicted murderer giving no reason. the move came shortly after the supreme court denied andrew deyoung's appeal. it will be the first videotaped execution in nearly two decades. this may make you queasy. new york city is warning kayakers to stay out of the hudson river after a fire at a waste water treatment plant forced officials to pump raw sewage into the river. officials say it will take at least 48 hours of continuous dumping before there's any impact on the area's beaches. in montreal the rear end of a car was pulled into the air after floodwaters blew open a manhole. parts of the city received nearly a foot of rain in less than an hour. now here's an early look at one of your top health headlines
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on in the latest opinion in the very pot hot debate over whether breast cancer screening should start, the american college of ob stret rigses and gynecologists says doctors should offer all women in their 40s mammograms and since 2009 when a federal panel somewhat discouraged screening before 50 claiming the benefit was very small compared to the risk. for more information on this and other health stories, check out the health page at early today health is brought to you by vagasil cream. now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opened at 12,571 after losing 15 points yesterday. the s&p was down a fraction. the nasdaq fell 12. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei added four points, but in hong kong the hang seng
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dipped 16. wall street was slightly lower wednesday as pressure builds for washington to seal a debt deal. a day after posting stellar numbers and on the same day it rolled out new macs, apple hit another all-time high, but overall investors sat on the sidelines, nervous about the debt ceiling impact. that, plus euro debt concerns, had traders stuck in the mud. there's an emergency summit on greek debt in brussels this morning. aside from apple, techs fell wednesday led by yahoo tumbling over 7.5%. microsoft also dropped ahead of its quarterly report later today. real estate website zillow, just 79% on its first day of trades. and deal news, commercial aviation's biggest ever order will transform americans fleet from one of the oldest to the youngest. the airline will buy 460 new aircraft over the next decade
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from both airbus and boeing. however, the undisclosed but no doubt huge price left industry analysts concerned. cleaning and pest control ecolab is buying nalco for $5.4 billion. in extended trade intel dropped after trimming its personal computer sales forecast. also after the bell, american express nudged up on better than expected profits. a recent acquisition that cut profits clouded ebay in after hours results. finally, the end of a very successful business partnership. saying it's time for a change after 12 years, tiger woods fired caddie steve williams. williams says after working through woods' scandal, he is shocked and disappointed. well, the mets make the call, wild walk-off winners, and a home run that made a real splash. plus, throwing out the ceremonial first ball turns into
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a wild pitch. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. the peak of the heat wave was 100 degree heat in the middle of the country to the east coast. your forecasts are coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you are just waking up, this is "early today," and in sports
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all-star shortstop jose reyes is a potential free agent having the best year of his career, and that means the new york mets with a big decision to make. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. if you are a mets fan and you like jose reyes, you probably woke up with a pretty big smile on your face. despite being out of the playoff hunt, the team says they will not deal their all-star shortstop in the trade deadline in two weeks. beltran will likely be dealt, and the ray with a two-run game-tying blast against the cards. in the tenth a walk-off solo shot. the mets are keeping reyes and keeping things interesting. the astros and nationals tied in the 11th. pinch hitter michael singleton the game winner. houston walked off with a 3-2 win. the wind-up and watch out. it sailed over the catcher and into the backstop. it only got worse for the cubs.
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jimmy rollins from both sides of the plate. one in the second, and another in the eighth. phils win big 9-1. boston jacobielsbury. >> beautiful day in san francisco. great day to break out the old kayak. make sure to watch out for flying baseballs. navarro got ahold of one in the second and splash shot into the cubby cove. man overboard. that was a souvenir worth swimming for. he got the ball. the dodgers got the win 1-0. tough day for the white sox. see him in the duckout. a full ricochetted off the net. it nailed him right in the face. they say you're supposed to keep your eye on the ball. i don't think that is what they had in mind. he was all right and knowing him, this hurt even more. tied in the 11th. sergio santos. the white sox lost it 2-1. that's your early look at sports on "early today."
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i'm fred roggin. well, kanye west gets a handful to show he has learned about good sportsmanship. your early morning enter attempt headlines are straight ahead. plus, they're known as new york's bravest. coming up, a tribute to the bravest of the brave. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back. the heat wave, the huge story today.
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one area that is a little cooler, you are getting the relief up around minneapolis, through the dakotas and parts of nebraska, but from the great lakes all the way to the east coast, expecting it to be worse today than yesterday. we're expecting 100 degree heat possible, including washington d.c. and, of course, we're still in the 100s, kansas city and dallas. bay the way, that's 18 days in a row with 100 degree heat. we're going to do it again tomorrow in dallas, and tomorrow there's a heat wave in the northeast. if you are watching us on wkyt cleveland, ohio, settle your pick neck blanket and watch "madagascar" at movies in the park at crocker park. >> bill, thanks so much. well, now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. when it comes to this year's mtv video music awards, so far a notorious poor loser is a winner. kanye west notched seven no, ma'am nags, which means seven chances for him to make news if
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he loses. katy perry snagged nine no, ma'am nags to lead this year's field. reports in what could be her sixth time collaborating with johnny depp. helen abonhamme carter could possibly star in "the lone ranger." a creative hacker posted a coming out joke claiming to be gay. the note was replaced by a promotion for a play. finally, earlier this week just days after announcing the end of her seven-year marriage to mark anthony, jennifer lopez was reportedly paid $1 million to sing at the lavish wedding of a son of an uzbek oil tycoon. the wedding itself was said to cost $15 million. no one is crying over -- i cannot even fathom a $15 million
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wedding. i can't imagine jennifer lopez singing at my wedding. maybe she'll meet someone she can get married to again. >> already, huh? >> yes. >> the ink hasn't even dried. >> no kidding. well, this comes to us from wnbc 4 new york in new york city where a somber homecoming is a reminder of the brave sacrifices on september 1 19. baghdad pipes blaired as a new york city fire department truck was lowered into its final resting place. city officials, firefighters, and 9/11 families saluted as the flag draped truck from ladder company 3 made its descent into the september 11th memorial museum where it will provide a permanent reminder of the many who gave their lives. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> it is going to be another hot one. we have been talking about the hot weather all week long. it will get worse as we get into the afternoon. 78 degrees right now at bwi. it is in the 80's right now. humidity up to 90%. there heat advisors and warnings all across the state. we will talk about how hot it will get when you factor in the humidity in my forecast the >>
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4:57. 77 degrees on tv hill. a teenager falls down a ravine. >> the property-tax rate has become a hot-button issue in baltimore city. i am jennifer franciotti. >> about an hour away from the official end to the nasa space shuttle program. >> the area roads are looking good. we do have some fire activity in the city.
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subway. eat fresh®. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> the extreme heat bank has baltimore closing some programs for today and tomorrow. are we goto

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